• Nero talk new album and working with Skrillex
• Trouble & Bass are “reborn, fresh and ready.”
• Hot Waves Compilation ft. Lee Foss, Alexis Raphael, Richy Ahmed, Miguel Campbell + more
• Catz ‘n Dogz embark on North American Tour
• Monster and Viacom introduce Monster DNA Headphones
• Track of the day: Atlas Genius – Trojans (Lenno Remix)
Nero talk new album and working with Skrillex
UK bass-benders Nero only dropped their debut album Welcome to Reality last year, but with the LP spawning no fewer than seven big singles and winning them a big army of fans (over 1 million on Facebook, to give you an idea), it’s little wonder plenty are already asking when we can expect the sophomore release. So when BBC Radio 1 recruit Zane Lowe got the duo’s Daniel Stephens on the line last night, he was sure to ask how LP number two was going.
“It’s really good actually,” Dan enthused. “I’d say we’ve got about seven strong tracks down that are obviously still very much in progress, but you know it’s a good start. I think we still have about another four or five tracks to write. It’s funny because we feel so strongly about it and we’re so excited about it, but it’s definitely a step forward and a new direction, slightly – but of course, we’re still keeping the Nero sound! We’re keeping it heavy, but I think we’re doing away with some more dance structures and embracing some traditional song structures.”
The Brit also let slip about another project Nero have on the go: they’ve been in the studio with fellow bass fiend Skrillex, working on a joint remix for new OWSLA-signee MONSTA. “It’s great,” Stephens said of working with the OWSLA label head. “It’s always weird doing collaborations I guess, because you can always be worried that it could turn out and you don’t like it, but they do…but we’ve done these two remix collaborations now with Sonny – this MONSTA one and thePromises one as well. And they both just feel really natural and like we worked together really well and we do kind of gel.” That joint Promises remix came out last year – the side-by-side rework for Sonny Moore’s latest recruit, however, we’ll have to wait for.
Drop the Lime revives T&B: “We needed an awakening. So we died.”
Last month, all signs were pointing to Brooklyn label Trouble & Bass closing up shop. The bass collective replaced their website with a picture of a tombstone, label founder Drop The Lime and signees AC Slater and Star Eyes all alluded to the end of the T&B on Facebook and the label made a cryptic statement that didn’t deny the rumours (though it didn’t do anything to confirm them, either).
Well, turns out T&B isn’t dead after all. Instead, they’re reborn. In a letter posted to the label’s (once again functional) website, Luca Venezia (better known as Drop the Lime) wrote what he’s called not just an explanation, but a love letter. “The bigger the electronic music scene has grown, the more limited it’s started to make us feel,” Venezia’s letter reads. “We’ve found ourselves lost in a battle with all that is personal and real about the music business. Sound palettes and formulas have become monotonous and routine, dance music endlessly imitating itself. Everything is losing the edge and soul that the electronic music pioneers taught us.”
“We needed an awakening. So we died,” he continues. “In September 2012, we are reborn, fresh and ready to venture onto a new path. We’re expanding our palette even further, releasing everything we love (but not only club music). T&B will reflect the depth of what we find exciting in music and art, making new connections while referencing our legacy in underground dance music”. You can read the letter (or manifesto, if you will) in full at the Trouble & Bass website.
So what’s this expansion in scope mean for T&B immediately? Forthcoming releases from the label include an EP from bass legend Plastician, trap duo Guerilla Speakerz and Toronto’s Damn Kids. And on it goes
Hot Waves ready third compilation
Hot Waves, a digital offshoot of Hot Creations, will release its third compilation later this month.
Hot Waves Vol. 3 mostly features new additions to the Hot Creations family like Mark Jenkyns, Tom Ruijg and France’s Julien Sandre. Some of the usual suspects make an appearance as well, though, including Alexis Raphael, label co-founder Lee Foss and Hot Creations staples Richy Ahmed and Miguel Campbell, who deliver a collaborative track, “Tell Me Why.” Per usual, the compilation will be available digitally, preceded by a double 12-inch featuring six selections from the full 14.
In related news, Hot Natured, the key duo behind Hot Creations, just got twice as big: core members Lee Foss and Jamie Jones have welcomed Luca C and Ali Love into the lineup. The four artists have been busy recording an album together in LA, with the first single, Benediction, due out at the end of October.
01. Alexis Raphael – Warhorn
02. Julien Sandre & Dast – Wanna Be
03. Lee Webster – Spending All Her Money
04. Robert James – Body Movement
05. wAFF – Sunshine
06. Bartolomeo – Jean Is Not Death
07. Tboy & Wildkats – Denied
08. Tom Ruijg – Space Frase
09. Guilhem & Remi Mazet – Zohra
10. Lee Foss – Life On Mars
11. Mark Jenkyns – Moola
12. Richy Ahmed & Miguel Campbell – Tell Me Why
13. Digitaria – Crazy Life (Funky Fat Remix)
14. Dirty Channels – So Special
Hot Waves will release Hot Waves Vol. 3 on September 24th, 2012.
(via Resident Advisor)
Catz ‘n Dogz announce North American Tour
Later this month, Catz ‘N Dogz will set out on an eleven-show tour of North America.
Known individually as Grzegorz Demianczuk and Wojciech Taranczuk (and known formerly as 3 Channels), the Polish-born, Berlin-based DJ and production duo champion a playful tech house sound that has found a fit on labels such as Dirtybird, Mothership and Get Physical. They also run Pets Recordings, which has put out more than 20 releases, including tracks from the likes of Eats Everything, Till Von Sein and Death On The Balcony, in barely two years of operation.
The upcoming tour is the duo’s most expansive trip across in North America yet. First up on Thursday, September 20th is a night in Detroit, and later that weekend they’ll play in Chicago, Toronto and Montreal. Three California appearances are up next, then the pair will head back east to Boston, Miami and New York, before winding down the tour in Mexico City.
Sep 21 Catz N’ Dogz, A.Part DJ Collective.., Smart Bar, Illinois
Sep 22 Platform and Embrace present Catz ‘N.., Footwork, Toronto
Sep 23 Piknic Électronik 2012 – Ca.., Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal
Sep 28 Catz ‘N Dogz, Analog Bar, California (South)
Sep 29 Catz ‘N Dogz, Monarch, California (North)
Oct 02 Catz ‘N Dogz with Wobs, Tapas, California (South)
Oct 03 Catz ‘N Dogz, Phoenix Landing, Massachusetts
Oct 04 Catz ‘N Dogz, Mansion, Florida
Oct 05 Verboten & Fixed present Ae.., Highline Ballroom, New York
Oct 06 Catz ‘N Dogz, Rioma Club, Mexico
Monster And Viacom Introduce Monster DNA Headphones And A New Alliance To Support Music Culture
Monster, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance headphones and electronic accessories, and Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands, today announced a global alliance for the launch of a new audio brand Monster DNA. With Monster’s latest advancement in sound engineering, Monster DNA headphones bring music listeners a new sound that is as powerful and striking as the bold design of the headphone itself. More than a headphone, Monster DNA will look to serve today’s music listener and music artists with a focus on music sharing, music community, and social awareness reaching the music entertainment community globally through an exclusive integrated campaign across Viacom music and entertainment brands worldwide including CMT, COMEDY CENTRAL, Logo, MTV, MTV2, mtvU, SPIKE, Tr3s, VH1 and VH1 Classic.
Rooted in the technology behind music, Monster has been dedicated to improving the music listening experience, from its development of high-performance audio cable for audiophiles, to professional recording and instrument cables for musicians. Recently, the company changed the way people think about what a headphone can sound like when it engineered the sound of the popular Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.
Said Noel Lee, The Head Monster: “We’re excited about what we have accomplished with next generation sound with Monster DNA. It’s the evolution of what a headphone can look and sound like. Sonically, they completely kick ass yet still have refined sound qualities that all music lovers can appreciate.”
Viacom will provide a global platform for the Monster DNA headphones through its diverse entertainment brands, which continue to innovate, create culture and connect with young audiences at the intersection of music and entertainment. “Just like Viacom’s brands, Monster DNA headphones are designed to reflect the creativity and confidence of young people,” said Jeff Lucas, Head of Sales, Music and Entertainment for Viacom. “Through this partnership, we’re plugging Monster in to the deep connection we have with our young audiences, and giving our fans a new way to experience sound and express originality.”
Monster DNA is Next Generation Everything
Designed with both the music and fashion consumer in mind, Monster took a very aggressive approach to evolve its audio signature, the technologies that make it possible, the not-square-or- round triangle speaker housing, and its fashion forward two-tone color design. Extensive design considerations included advanced ear cushion design and lightness for overall better ear comfort than similar on-ear headphones. “We tried to think of everything we could do to make Monster DNA better than anything out there for today’s extensive music listener. We even included a nifty buddy jack to share what you’re listening to, something we thought people might want to do but haven’t thought about,” added Lee.
Music Isn’t the Only Thing That Matters
Music is a very powerful platform, building on the message that music matters, Monster and Viacom want to ensure that Monster DNA helps advance important pro-social causes that resonate with young music fans. The unprecedented alliance will benefit from the global marketing power of Viacom’s brands and connect to many of its pro-social campaigns, including the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, SPIKE’s Hire a Vet and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.
Monster DNA to Debut at 2012 MTV Video Music Awards
The Monster DNA campaign will officially launch at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, airing live from Los Angeles on Thursday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The new headphones will be integrated into several elements, and VMA performing and presenting music artists and celebrities will have the first-hand look and sound experience when they receive special chrome versions, a nod to MTV’s moon man. Monster DNA will also be integrated into the 2012 MTV EMA, airing globally from Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday, November 11th.
Monster DNA in Stores Soon
Monster DNA will be available in the U.S. in September and in Europe in October at the following retailers: Apple® stores worldwide, Best Buy and its Global Subsidiaries (Future Shop) and HMV Europe. They will be offered in seven different versions, including On-Ear models in Black, White, Cobalt Blue and Perfect Teal for a suggested retail price of $199.95, as well as Black and White In-Ear versions (SRP:$99.95).